Articles by author: Amanda Smits

  • Meanings and Measurements of Sustainability

    Published on April 23 2013

    By: Vic Mucciarone
    To read the full article in The Brock Press, click here.

    At Brock University, the Environmental Sustainability Research Center’s (ESRC) mission is to pursue innovative and interdisciplinary research concerning the environment, sustainability and social-ecological resilience. This field of study aims to facilitate much needed transitions towards sustainable practices.

    The ESRC at Brock focuses on defining problems rather than adhering to a specific discipline. The transdisciplinary department seeks to enrich the research culture seen at Brock by developing opportunities that are unique in the sustainability field.

    One of the mandates of ESRC is to act as a platform to connect researchers within the Faculty of Social Sciences and across Brock University with an interest in the environment. This can be seen with the 3rd annual Rodman Hall Seminar called “Meanings and Measurements of Sustainability”.

    This year, the broadly based topic opens it up to hear from a variety of people who will touch upon what sustainability is and how to achieve it.

    “It’s meant to be a nice place for people to come and gather if they want to learn more relating to sustainability as well as meet some people and do some networking,” said Andrew Spiers, Assistant Professor in the Department of Tourism & Environment at Brock. “We are hoping for a broad base of people to show up to promote a variety of opinions and perspectives”.

    Four speakers will be delivering their perspectives at the seminar, which will take place over two and half hours in the afternoon.

    The seminar will be followed by light refreshments. The free seminar will take place at Rodman Hall, 109 Saint Paul Crescent, St. Catharines, Jan. 30 from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. For more information, please visit our Web site

  • ESRC’s Transdiciplinary Proposal Approved

    Published on October 16 2012

    ESRC is excited to announce that the submission of our Transdisciplinary Proposal to Brock has been accepted! The other four Centres and Institutes that were also accepted include:

    • The Institute for Advanced Biomanufacturing
    • The Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being
    • The Jack and Nora Walker Centre for Lifespan Development Research
    • The Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI)

    To read the full story in the Brock News, click here.

  • “Innovation Leads to Global Honour”

    Published on August 21 2012

    ESRC’s Kerrie Pickering was featured in the Brock News after recieving the Award for Innovation at the International Conference on Innovation and Trends in Wine Management in Dijon.

    Her paper, “Innovation and adaptation in the Ontario grape and wine industry: An integrated, transdisciplinary response to climate change” was selected for this award from 60 submissions.

    To read the complete story in the Brock News, click here.

  • New book “Sustainability Today” features ESRC researcher

    Published on August 01 2012

    ESRC researcher, Gary Pickering and five colleagues have written a paper in a new book titled “Sustainability Today“. This paper focuses on sustainability in the wine industry and was presented at the Food and Environment 2011 Conference in the UK.

    Paper reference: Pickering, G., Glemser, E. J., Hallett, R. Inglis, D., McFadden-Smith, W and Ker, K. (2012). Good bugs gone bad: Coccinellidae, sustainability and wine. IN C.A. Brebbia (ed) Sustainability Today. WIT Press, Southampton, 239-251. ISBN: 978-1-84564-652-3

  • ESRC researchers lead efforts for the “Migrant Children’s Education Award”

    Published on October 15 2012

    “Niagara farmers employ 4000 migrant farm workers each year. Many of these workers return every year spending most of their working lives in Canada, leaving family in order to provide them a better life. It is time Niagara gives back to this forgotten community and give the gift of education to their children.”

    ESRC’s Richard Mitchell and David Fancy have been working tirelessly to making the Migrant Children’s Education Award successful. This award aims to provide funding to provide two students per year with full scholarships to either Brock University or Niagara College.

    Please visit their website to learn more about this scholarship, and how you can help.

    UPDATE:  Keeping Her Promsie in a Family’s New Chapter.

  • ESRC researcher featured on CBC

    Published on August 01 2012

    ESRC researcher Gary Pickering is featured in a CBC article titled “Winemaking adapts in face of changing climate”. To read the full article, click here.

  • Social-ecological inventories: building resilience to environmental change within biosphere reserves

    Published on August 01 2012

    In March 2011, ESRC (formerly BESRU) hosted a two day workshop on “Social-Ecological Inventories: Building Resilience to Environmental Change within Biosphere Reserves”. Click here to read more.

  • New book available in open access “The Biosphere” features ESRC researchers

    Published on August 01 2012

    ESRC Researchers Richard Mitchell, Brad May, and Samantha Purdy have published a chapter in “The Biosphere”. This book is available through InTech, and can be viewed here.

  • Dr. Diane Dupont receives Brock University’s award for distinguished research and creative activity

    Published on August 01 2012

    Congratulations to ESRC’s Dr. Diane Dupont on receiving Brock University’s Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity!

  • “Adapting to climate change: challenges for Niagara” report released

    Published on August 01 2012

    Niagara Region releases climate change background report in collaboration with ESRC researchers titled “Adapting to Climate Change: Challenges for Niagara”.